A South Florida family is seeking justice for their loved one after he was shot and killed while on vacation in Colombia.
Juan Pablo Cardona, 35, was just wrapping up his eight-day trip when it took a tragic turn, said his sister, Paula Castillo. According to Castillo, the incident happened on August 27, when Cardona was walking through the streets of Colombia with a woman he met online.
The pair were approached by two suspects on a motorcycle, police told Castillo. The suspects tried grabbing Cardona’s backpack, but he reportedly resisted. Cardona was left with a gunshot wound in the chest and later died.
Castillo describes her only sibling as a nurturing son, cousin, brother and friend. Cardona, who attended Hollywood Hills High School, also practiced yoga and was deeply ingrained in the community.
“Before he left, he said he wanted to do something so adventurous,” Castillo said.
Castillo said she is searching for her brother’s killer. However, getting information from authorities is proving to be difficult.
“They’re telling me ‘oh patience, you just have to wait,’ but they’re not giving me absolutely any updates, because they’re saying that the video quality is too bad, so we can’t really tell who it was,” she said.
Castillo said the family is also having a hard time getting Cardona’s cell phone out of police custody.
“I wanted to know if the American government could step into the investigation,” she said.
The family has set up a GoFundMe to aid with funeral costs and other expenses.
“We are struggling to comprehend the situation as it stands, and the details are cloudy. What we do know is that he needs to be brought back home, and that will incur some serious costs,” the GoFundMe page reads.
The family has raised about $24,000 so far. Click here to view the GoFundMe page.